Mens incontinence product disposal bins installed across Camden

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli is proud that the region now supports the Bins4Blokes initiative. Picture: Supplied
Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli is proud that the region now supports the Bins4Blokes initiative. Picture: Supplied

Incontinence product disposal bins have been installed in men's public toilet facilities across Camden after Camden Council joined the Bins4Blokes men's health campaign recently.

BINS4Blokes is an Australia-wide awareness and advocacy campaign, encouraging providers of toilets in public spaces to include disposal bins for incontinence products in male toilets.

More than one million men across Australia experience incontinence issues.

However, there are very few public restrooms that offer men a safe and environmentally friendly place to dispose of incontinence products.

Camden Council is the first council in NSW to support the Bins4Blokes initiative.

Continence Foundation of Australia chief executive Rowan Cockerell said she was excited to see Camden Council join the initiative.

"The Continence Foundation of Australia is thrilled to have Camden Council support the Bins4Blokes initiative and take leading action on installing incontinence bins in men's public toilets," Mrs Cockerell said.

"The support of Bins4Blokes will have meaningful impact and show the one in 10 men with incontinence that their Council values and cares about including them in the community.

"Providing men in the community with incontinence bins enhances their connectedness and economic and social participation. A study of Australian men with urinary incontinence found that almost a third said they stayed home as a precautionary measure.

"We hope to see this combatted with councils across Australia adopting Bins4Blokes, like Camden Council has."

Councillor Cindy Cagney raised a notice of motion at a council meeting last year to have council staff investigate the feasibility of installing Bins4Blokes in the region's public toilets.

The project will include the installation of approximately 70 sanitary bins in men's toilets across the Camden area to assist boys and men living with incontinence.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the installation of incontinence product disposal bins was an important step towards further supporting men's health issues.

"Council takes the health and wellbeing of all of our residents very seriously and installing these bins in male public toilets is further proof of our commitment," Cr Fedeli said.

"For boys and men who use incontinence products, there are generally very few or no places for them to be disposed of and this can cause mental health issues and isolation.

"Now they can get out and about in Camden confidently, thanks to our connection with the Bins4Blokes campaign which is an initiative of the Continence Foundation of Australia.

"Council has taken great strides in supporting a number of fantastic initiatives and foundations over the last few years and I am glad we have been able to join this campaign and further support our community."

For more information about the Bins4Blokes men's health campaign, go to bins4blokes.org.au.

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